Tesla Is Gathering Twice As Many Miles of Self-Driving Data Every Day Compared To Google’s Entire Atonomous Project
If you combine the total miles driven in autonomous mode by all Tesla Model S and X’s on the road at the moment, you get about 3 million miles a day. That’s about twice the distance that Google’s self-driving car project has done since it’s start. What does this mean? It means that Tesla is collecting a much larger amount of data each day, which gives them the upper hand when it comes to autonomous car development.
The company has around 70,000 vehicles on the road capable of Autopilot, and those who enable it log 2.6 million miles a day. That far outpaces Google’s self-driving car program, which has driven more than 1.5 million miles throughout the history of the project. – The Verge
With Tesla’s logging so many miles in autonomous mode, they can show just how safe and capable the car is when in autonomous mode. With video being captured of people sleeping at the wheel of their Tesla (not recommended) the autonomous mode is extremely functional and may in fact be safe than manual driving in most all scenarios.
With the ability to operate the Tesla S and X in both modes, it’s an important choice of freedom. Driving a car is something that people will not give up easily. Giving them the option to use autonomy makes them more likely to use it rather than avoiding an autonomous car all together.
Elon Musk believes that Self-Driving cars are the future of the road, and that soon it will be illegal to manually drive a car.
“I don’t think we have to worry about autonomous cars, because that’s sort of like a narrow form of AI. It would be like an elevator. They used to have elevator operators, and then we developed some simple circuitry to have elevators just automatically come to the floor that you’re at…the car is going to be just like that.”
“It’s too dangerous,” Musk said. “You can’t have a person driving a two-ton death machine.” – Elon Musk